Updated: Nov 14
[London, October 10, 2023] - In a pivotal event for the UK's mid-market private equity sector, Hazem Abolrous, RingStone CEO and a distinguished leader in the M&A and software development space with over 28 years of experience, participated in a roundtable discussion with other distinguished leaders culminating with the UK Midmarket Report 2023. The London event brought together prominent mid-market private equity professionals, industry experts, and thought leaders to address the pressing challenges and opportunities facing the UK mid-market in the current economic and political landscape.
The UK mid-market finds itself amid unprecedented challenges, including stubborn inflation, high interest rates, deteriorating infrastructure, a strained workforce, widening socioeconomic disparities, and the looming prospect of a government change that could impact private equity operations. This gathering of minds sought to shed light on these formidable challenges and explore strategies for navigating them successfully.
Hazem Abolrous, CEO at RingStone, a global advisory firm serving private equity firms, offered valuable insights from his extensive career spanning various industries and regions. Before joining RingStone, Hazem had a distinguished 18-year term at Microsoft, where he held pivotal roles in software development, incubations, M&A, and cross-company transformation initiatives. Additionally, he has successfully built and managed businesses in e-commerce, software, hospitality, and manufacturing, further demonstrating his multidisciplinary expertise.
Tackling threats was a key theme as participants delved into a comprehensive examination of the multifaceted challenges facing the UK mid-market, identifying areas of vulnerability and potential risks. The roundtable also explored the prevalent skepticism towards private equity and discussed strategies to improve public perception, expedite deal processes, and attract investors. Most importantly, the event facilitated a constructive dialogue on how the private equity industry can collaborate to demonstrate its positive impact on the UK mid-market to LPs, policymakers, and management teams.
"During our roundtable discussion, we ignited a beacon of hope amid challenging times, demonstrating that the UK mid-market private equity sector possesses the resilience, innovation, and collaborative spirit needed to weather any storm and drive positive change,” noted Hazem Abolrous, reflecting on the event.
This roundtable discussion marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing dialogue about the future of the UK mid-market private equity sector. By bringing together industry leaders to address the challenges head-on and explore innovative solutions, the event has set a positive tone for the industry's future.
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About Hazem Abolrous
Hazem Abolrous is a renowned software development and M&A expert with over 28 years of experience. As the managing partner at RingStone, he provides advisory services to private equity firms globally. Hazem's extensive career includes senior roles at Microsoft, as well as successful ventures in various industries. He is a respected public speaker and mentor, offering insights into software, M&A, innovation, and transformations.